Increasing EMS Pre-notification Results in Faster Alteplase Administration and Increased Treatment Rates

Nicole Bennett, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, APNP, CNRN, SCRN, Stroke Program Coordinator, University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics, Dot Bluma, BSN, RN, CPHQ, Stroke Project Specialist ,Wisconsin Coverdell Stroke Program, MetaStar, Jessica Link, MPH, MCHES, Program Director, Wisconsin Coverdell Stroke Program, Wisconsin Department of Health Services


The Wisconsin Coverdell Stroke Program leads the Coverdell Learning Collaborative to provide a collegial environment in which peers are encouraged to share experiences, successes and barriers to implementing best practices, with a priority on improving the outcomes for stroke patients in the state of Wisconsin.  A multi-faceted approach focused on improving communication between EMS and hospitals by pre-notification of a suspected stroke patient’s arrival has led to remarkable improvements in Wisconsin’s stroke outcome data. 

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